Minnie Mawi! The latest Disney Couture Collaboration!

There were squeals of excitement and delight in the TruffleShuffle.com office this week when it was announced that Disney Couture has partnered up with London-based costume jewellery company, Mawi, to create a limited-time collection celebrating Minnie Mouse, affectionately called “Minnie Mawi” The collection will fuse Mawi’s recognizable aesthetic of contemporary style paired with traditional influences, with Disney Couture’s signature whimsical touches for uniquely special, collectible pieces.

Jewellery designer Mawi Keivom’s signature pieces hold a niche in the contemporary costume jewellery market, appealing to shoppers of all ages. Marrying together her love for trinkets of yesteryear and a bold contemporary vision, Mawi’s collections provide an ornamental meeting place for the past, present and the future. The partnership between Disney Couture and Mawi is quite natural given the many generations that Disney has endeared itself to. The collection pays homage to Minnie Mouse, much-loved since her 1928 debut.

Although we are not able to give you a preview of the collection just yet we have had a sneaky peak and trust us when we say you are going to love it – think glitz and glamour, pearls and ribbons! We especially love the Chanel-esque style range so it is with great anticipation we await our first delivery which is due in September and with prices starting from just £30 for a stunning piece of nostalgia we know these are sure to be snapped up quick!

If however you can’t wait for the new sparkly stuff to arrive don’t forget you can always check out our huge collection of equally pretty Disney Couture jewellery and clothing on the site right now. We have something for everyone with the likes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, some beautiful pirate jewels from Pirates Of The Caribbean, Snow White, Cinderella, Alice In Wonderland and of course no Disney treat would be complete without a touch of Tinkerbell!

xoxo

“What’s A Grown Man Doing Watching Pro Wrestling?”

A close friend once asked me this very question with an air of shame in his voice. I honestly can’t say that I answered him as I was too busy witnessing the Rock stare down Hulk Hogan at yet another sold out Wrestlemania. I guess my ability to zone out when the wrestling is on comes from just years and years of being a fan of the strange and yet somehow (not so) beautiful erm ugh sport??!

You see back in the early 80’s when I was a wee nipper, on Saturday afternoons just after Saturday superstore and before the A-Team, on I.T.V’s World of Sport was Professional Wrestling and not the over the top glamed up wrestling we know today. This was British Wrestling, this was two burly men in leotards, two big sometimes overweight often middle aged men in skin tight lycra, gut barging, eye gauging and head locking their way out of our TV set. The two biggest names of the time were Big Daddy (who my Nan loved and my Granddad knew he could beat) and Giant Haystacks, a scary hairy monster of a man at 6 foot 5 and over 20 stone. Each week these behemoths in spandex would fight in village halls in front of old biddies swinging handbags and chanting “easy easy easy”, etching their legendary rivalry into the history books. Eventually their epic rivalry came to an end when Big Daddy gut barged Giant Haystacks out of the ring and through a table for a ten count making Big Daddy the winner in front of a sold out Wembley arena.

Sadly the wrestling stopped on Saturday afternoons but my love for this uniquely brutal form of entertainment did not die. By the time I got to Primary School most of my friends had acquired cable TV and a new group of heroes. Gone was the argument of “who would win in a fight Big Daddy or Superman?”, no now it was “who would win in a fight, Hulk Hogan or Superman?”. I’d hear playtime stories of Andre the Giant an actual freaky giant at 7 foot 5, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan a man with a handle bar moustache, a silky white mullet and skin orange and shiny.

They all seemed way too mythical to be real to me but the stories kept coming. The Biggest story at the time was when Hulk Hogan finally slammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3, Andre was huge well over 500 pounds (I never realised pounds was weight, I just thought it was a lot of money). Gone were the chants of “easy easy easy” now we chanted “USA USA USA”, We weren’t even American, it made little sense but nothing did and it was fun.

Every playtime we would group together and do “Ible oble black bobble ible oble out” to see who got be Hulk Hogan and one at a time would line up to get slammed on the grass when the teachers weren’t watching. Most the time, in fact every time it would end with someone shouting “Pile On!!” and us in massive heap on the grass laughing and screaming, a teacher would shout “break it up” and we would walk heads down with grass stained knees back to class.

I don’t know if can answer my friends question. I guess pro wrestling is like a man’s version of Coronation Street or Eastenders. You get a bit of a story, a lot of bad acting and some violence – what more do you want? Just take this advice from Hulk Hogan “Train hard, take your vitamins and say your prayers” oh and “What you gonna Doooo, Watcha gonna do Brother when Hulkamania Runs wild on you?”

New styles we’re loving this week!

We’re always adding shedloads of awesome new stuff to the site but here’s a few of our favourites from this week….

With only 25 days to go to THE BIG DAY, we’re starting to get pretty excited about the impending Royal Wedding and our new fit for a Princess, Little Miss tee is the perfect way to welcome the celebrations. With sparkly blue jewels on her golden crown, Little Miss Princess is the latest addition to the classic series of children’s stories, created by Adam Hargreaves in time for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Our exclusive tee features a shot of her in all her royal glory making it perfect for any fellow princesses in waiting! Click the pic to find out more…

Ladies Little Miss Princess T-Shirt £24.99 +£1.95 P&P
Ladies Little Miss Princess T-Shirt £24.99

This unmistakeable Kiss tee from Amplified is definitely a stand out design from their Spring Summer collection.  Featuring a cracking shot of Kiss frontman, Gene Simmons complete of course with his trademark facepaint, we think this Lick It Up tee is a future Amplified classic. Click the pic to buy.

Men's Kiss Lick It Up T-Shirt from Amplified Ikons at www.truffleshuffle.com
Men's Kiss Lick It Up T-Shirt from Amplified Ikons £30

If TruffleShuffle did cameras………

Oh wait, we do! This is no ordinary bit of kit though. Built completely from LEGO bricks, it can’t be taken apart but bricks can be added to the top or bottom of the camera so you can dig out your old toy box and start putting those boxes of lego back into use. Perfect for us grown ups who can still smell those little plastics bricks as if we were ten years old, kids will obviously love it too making it perfect for their first foray into the world of photography. Let’s be clear, this is no toy though; it’s a full functioning 3 Megapixel digital camera, featuring a color 1.5” LCD screen.  It takes high quality photos with the built-in flash, fixed focus and digital zoom and  holds up to 80 photos at a time. Prepare for the nods of approval when you get this out and start snapping away…..

Lego Digital Camera £69.99

If your man ‘has the power,’  looks great in red and is the master of your universe, our excusive My Boyfriend is A Real He-Man T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune is an essential buy. Inspired by our very own Prince of Eternia AKA He-Man, this gorgeous fitted grey tee brings memories of a legendary 80’s hero in true TruffleShuffle style.

Ladies My Boyfriend Is A Real He-Man T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune
Ladies My Boyfriend Is A Real He-Man T-Shirt from Fame and Fortune £20

We all know times are pretty tough right now so if worrying about the pennies is getting you down, try cheering yourself up with our exclusive tongue in cheek Monopoly Skint tee. A definite conversation starter….

Men's Green Skint Monopoly T-Shirt £20
Men's Green Skint Monopoly T-Shirt £20

And finally.. Chocoholics rejoice! The Chococase is a high-quality silicon protective casing for the iPhone that looks just like a delicious bar of chocolate. Leave it face down and it looks like tasty confectionary, but turn it over and the secret is revealed – it conceals and protects your iPhone! The perfect way to indulge your love for chocolate without the calories… mmmmmm!

Chocolate iPhone 3G Protective Case
Chocolate iPhone 3G Protective Case £9.99
Chocolate iPhone 3G Protective Case
Even the packaging is hard to resist....

That’s all for this week folks but fear not, there is a TONNE more new stuff on the site for you to check out! From Glee to Grease, Buffy The Vampire Slayer to The Sex Pistols, check it all out here… http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/advanced_search_result.php.

xoxo

M.A.C like Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has made a fleeting visit to M.A.C and we are loving this amazing collaboration! With her bold, heroic, blue, red and yellow signature colours and iconic Wonder Woman seal, this range which includes a jumbo Mineralize Skinfinish, Eye Shadows, Lipsticks and Powder Blush, and also oversized makeup bags and cosmetics mirrors.

Just Beat It!

What a joy to see these wicked new tees arrive today! Replica’s of the t-shirt worn by the mighty King of Pop, Michael Jackson himself in the video for Beat It back in 1982, these are a real must have for any MJ fan and are available for both men and ladies! Only £24.99.